Lycoming Now Taking Orders for 233 Series LSA Engine
New Engine Series is "Mogas" Capable
Williamsport, PA - July 26, 2010 - Lycoming Engines, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is now taking orders for experimental non-certified versions of its 233 series Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) engine.
"The 233-LSA series in an important new engine in Lycoming's product line, meeting the needs of the growing LSA market," says Michael Kraft, Lycoming senior vice president and general manager. "The engine is light and capable of running on unleaded automotive fuels as well as aviation gasoline, with the built-in 235 family reliability customers expect from Lycoming.
"We are excited to bring this engine to market and look forward to offering our legendary worldwide support and service to a whole new segment of the flying public."
Introduced at EAA Airventure 2008, the engine features dual CDI spark ignition, an optimized oil sump, a streamlined accessory housing, hydraulically adjusted tappets, a lightweight starter, and a lightweight alternator with integral voltage regulator. It has a dry weight of 213 pounds including the fuel pump and offers continuous power ratings up to 115 horsepower at 2800 RPM.
In addition to its multi-gasoline fuel capability, it has all the reliability expected of a Lycoming, with an industry-leading time between overhaul (TBO) of 2400 hours.
The initial standard version of the engine is carbureted. Lycoming continues to incorporate input from pilots and manufacturers all over the world, which will result in both carbureted and injected configurations of the product.
Certification for the engine is pending. Until then, manufacturers can order non-certified versions through Lycoming's OEM sales staff. Owners/operators can purchase a 233 through Lycoming's Thunderbolt line of custom engines.
(Editor's Note: The 233 Series engine is currently flying in a Corvus Aircraft Phantom, which is on display at Lycoming's EAA Airventure display, Booth 277-282.)
Lycoming Engines specializes in Engineering, Manufacture, Service and Support of piston aircraft engines. Headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Lycoming piston engines power more than half of the world's general aviation fleet - both rotary-wing and fixed-wing. Lycoming Engines is a division of Avco Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.lycoming.com.
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